HOME AT FIRST’s
A ROAD TRIP OF ENDLESS VARIETY
Milford Sound: iconic World Heritage Site scenery on New Zealand’s South Island.
New Zealand has now re-opened to visitors. But maybe not ours — yet.
For more than 30 years Home At First’s New Zealand Independent, Fly/Drive Travel program has been among our most highly-rated products. Not wanting to risk opening too soon, New Zealand has remained closed to international travelers for the past two years and only now is cautiously re-opening to foreign visitors. Current regulations for New Zealand require a negative pre-arrival Covid test, a completed visitor locator form, plus in-New-Zealand Covid tests on days 2 and 5 of the visitor’s itinerary. In the event of a positive in-New-Zealand test result for Covid, visitors will be required to quarantine until testing negative.
Because Home At First’s New Zealand Road Trip itinerary means visitors will be moving through New Zealand to as few as 4 and as many as 10 different New Zealand regions, we find the new testing requirements present too great a risk for trip interruption, and, therefore, trip failure. As a result, Home At First will not actively be recommending our New Zealand Independent Fly/Drive Travel program until the country’s Covid restrictions change enough to permit test-free (and quarantine-free) travel in New Zealand.
Watch this space for updates. As soon as New Zealand fully opens (without the threat of quarantine and the challenges of Covid testing en route), we shall restart our Independent Fly/Drive Travel program. Thank you for your patience as we wait for New Zealand to re-join the post-Covid world. We promise your visit to New Zealand will be worth the wait.